Mayor Welcomes Return of Fleet Week to New Orleans

Mayor LaToya Cantrell today was joined by U.S. Navy Rear Admiral John Menoni, Expeditionary Strike Group TWO, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Ronald Piret, CNMOC; and U S. Coast Guard District 8 Chief of Staff Captain John Reed to announce the kick-off of Navy Week 2022. The City of New Orleans welcomed the arrival of two Arleigh-Burke Class U.S. Navy Destroyers,…

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Exo-Atmospheric Apace: The Sea Seen From Above

“The French Navy often has its gaze and sensors turned towards the sky and space. Satellites allow it to conduct its surveillance and anti-trafficking operations, to communicate with all parts of the globe and to collect scientific data”, recalled on twitter, on September 7, 2021, Admiral Pierre Vandier, chief of Navy General Staff. OPERATING IN AND THROUGH SPACE The Navy…

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French Navy Atlantique 2 Operating from Djibouti

Since January 23, a French Navy Atlantique 2 (ATL 2) maritime patrol aircraft has been deployed to Air Base 188 in Djibouti, in support of the European Union’s ATALANTE counter-piracy mission off the coast of Somalia. Placed under European operational control and integrated into Task Force 465, the ATL2 is a French aircraft perfectly integrated into this European operation with…

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US, French Navy Chiefs Discuss Interoperability and Partnership

U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Gilday met with his counterpart Chief of the French Navy Admiral Pierre Vandier at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, January 31st. The two leaders discussed mutual strengths, the importance of the NATO Alliance, and how to advance interoperability. “Today’s global challenges underscore the importance of strong partnerships,” said Gilday. “Our partnership with the…

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FS Champlain on a Scientific Support Mission

Deployed since November 29, 2021 on a maritime surveillance mission in the Indian Ocean, the Overseas Support and Assistance Building (BSAOM) Champlain has carried out a support mission for scientific operations at sea for the benefit of the French office. of biodiversity (OFB) from December 6 to 12, 2021. The teams in charge of the campaign “Assessment of the state…

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USS Porter Concludes Participation in French Exercise POLARIS

USS Porter (DDG 78) successfully concluded participation in the French exercise POLARIS 21, December 2, 2021. POLARIS, a multilateral, cross-domain exercise involving 6,000 personnel, 65 aircraft and more than 20 ships from across the NATO alliance, combined warfighting tactics with communications and maneuvering exercises. The French Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle was the high value unit at the center of…

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French Divers in NATO Exercise Northern Challenge 21

As part of the NATO exercise Northern Challenge 21 , a detachment of the Atlantic Clearance Diver Group (GDP A), reinforced with elements of the Mediterranean and Channel North Sea GPDs, was deployed to Keflavik in Iceland from 11 October to 1 November. A major counter-improvised explosive device (IED) exercise organized by Iceland, Northern Challenge 21 trained deminers detachments from…

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French Navy Unearths Ammunition from German Destroyer

The “Atlantique” Demining Divers Group (GPD) intervened from 12 to 14 October 2021 on ammunition found on the island of Batz. This intervention led to the discovery of the wreckage of a German WWII destroyer, still containing a large number of explosive ordnance. In the 1st time, the GPD conducted the research to be sure to identify all the ammunition…

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